Checkmate Covid: Online chess tournament fundraiser to fight against the pandemic

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From making donations to charities to organising fundraisers, world sports has always stepped forward to help fight the novel Coronavirus pandemic, even when sporting activities around the world has come to a complete halt. Today, mobile e-Sports platform  Mobile Premier League has joined in the noble cause, and has announced to host an online chess tournament to raise funds towards COVID-19 relief in India.

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The tournament, named ‘Checkmate Covid’ was announced today on MPL’s official Instagram account. To be hosted in collaboration with the Karnataka Govt and the United Karnataka Chess Association (UKCA), the tournament will be held from 2nd to 3rd May, and with an astounding prize pool of Rs. 10 lakhs.

To register for the tournament, interested players can book their slots through the official MPL app, which is available on both iOS and Android devices.

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“MPL is honoured to host #CheckmateCovid, a fundraiser online chess tournament in Association with the Dept. Of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt of Karnataka, and United Karnataka Chess Association. All proceeds collected from the tournament will be donated to the CM’s Covid Relief Fund,” MPL wrote in the Instagram post.

Netizens praised MPL’s initiative on providing a helping hand in India’s fight against the pandemic in the comments. The funds raised from the tournament will be aided to Karnataka CM’s relief fund, to battle the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In early April, many young chess players from India themselves organised an online chess tournament, with a similar aim to raise funds for PM CARES fund. Hosted on www.Lichess.org, the tournament saw over 80 players participate, and raised a total of Rs 1.05 lakhs.

Founded in 2018, MPL is operated by Galactus Funware Technology Pvt. Ltd, based in Bengaluru. It offers various skill-based mobile games, and also hosts tournaments and 1v1 battles time to time.

There has been 463 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Karnataka till date, and 18 patients have died.

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